Northumberland Park

Northumberland Park, Haringey

A multicultural, deprived satellite of Tottenham, situated in the north-east corner of the borough

Hidden London: Northumberland Park by Des Blenkinsopp

Marsh Lane (now Northum­ber­land Park) sta­tion opened on the North­ern and East­ern Rail­way in 1842, bring­ing devel­op­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties to the area’s farms and mar­ket gar­dens.

A curv­ing avenue was laid out in the late 1850s between Tot­ten­ham High Road and the sta­tion, on land behind the site of the Black House, a medieval man­sion that had been owned by the dukes of Northum­ber­land. The avenue was accord­ing­ly named Northum­ber­land Park and was built up with vil­las for the upper mid­dle class­es.

In an ear­ly munic­i­pal util­i­ties scheme, the Tot­ten­ham board of health sank a 450-foot well near the sta­tion at the begin­ning of the 1890s. Shown in the pho­to­graph below,* the dis­used pump house sur­vives to the present day as a local­ly list­ed build­ing. It recent­ly served as Mount Zion Restora­tion Min­istries’ Lon­don Mir­a­cle Cen­tre until its mirac­u­lous sale in 2015 for around £3.75 mil­lion (with out­build­ings and almost an acre of land).

Hidden London: former Longwater pumping station by Julian Osley

Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur FC played at Asplins Farm, beside the rail­way line in Northum­ber­land Park, before mov­ing a short dis­tance to the club’s present home at White Hart Lane in 1899.

From the start of the 20th cen­tu­ry fac­to­ries were estab­lished in place of the sur­viv­ing nurs­ery gar­dens north of the sta­tion and the area remained an impor­tant indus­tri­al zone until after the Sec­ond World War. Over a 15-year peri­od from the late 1950s a medieval farm­house, dis­used indus­tri­al sites and most of Northum­ber­land Park’s vil­las were replaced by Tot­ten­ham council’s expan­sive Northum­ber­land estate of slab blocks and dull ter­races.

On the open­ing of the Vic­to­ria line in 1968 an exten­sive depot was built beside the main-line rail­way tracks, but plans to run a Vic­to­ria line shut­tle ser­vice to the sta­tion were lat­er shelved.

Northum­ber­land Park school opened in 1972 in the for­mer Tot­ten­ham coun­ty school’s build­ings and soon after­wards moved to pur­pose-built premis­es on Tru­lock Road. The school is now Duke’s Aldridge acad­e­my.

Employ­ment lev­els in the local­i­ty are low and most res­i­dents rent their homes from the coun­cil or a hous­ing asso­ci­a­tion. The community’s largest eth­nic group is of black African birth or descent, fol­lowed by white British, black Caribbean, Turk­ish, mixed eth­nic­i­ty, Pol­ish and Kur­dish, in that order. Northum­ber­land Park has been the ben­e­fi­cia­ry of numer­ous co-ordi­nat­ed projects aimed at improv­ing res­i­dents’ health and wel­fare, includ­ing more than 30 employ­ment and train­ing projects.

Accord­ing to BBC research, Northum­ber­land Park’s 85 per cent ‘Remain’ vote was the high­est in Lon­don in the 2016 EU ref­er­en­dum, and the third high­est in Eng­land (of wards with avail­able data).

The secularist politician Charles Bradlaugh lived in Northumberland Park in the 1860s.

Walter Tull, the footballer who became the first black officer in the British Army during the First World War, lived at 77 Northumberland Park while he was playing for Tottenham Hotspur. A commemorative plaque was unveiled at the site of his former home in 2014.

Postal district: N17
Population: 14,429 (2011 census)
Station: Greater Anglia (zone 3)


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* The picture of Kenneth Robbins House at the top of this page is adapted from an original photograph, copyright Des Blenkinsopp, and picture of Park (formerly Longwater) pumping station, Marsh Lane, is adapted from an original photograph, copyright Julian Osley, both at Geograph Britain and Ireland, made available under the Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic Licence. Any subsequent reuse is freely permitted under the terms of that licence.